Protecting Your Most Valuable Instrument: Your Body

  • Friday 1/27/2023
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Course Code: 426RL
  • Cost: $125
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 253 B
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
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Stephanie Botts, RDH has been a full-time clinical dental hygienist for over 13 years. She is a Certified Ergonomics Assessment Specialist providing both in-office and virtual ergonomics consulting and coaching to dental professionals. She also provides CE to dental and dental hygiene associations on the topic of ergonomics. Her experience as a clinical dental hygienist and ergonomics expert has allowed her to recognize the unique challenges of practicing pain-free in the dental setting. Stephanie believes that by learning effective strategies to optimize proper ergonomics both inside and outside the operatory, dental professionals can practice pain-free and ensure career longevity.

These days, working in dentistry is a challenging field in more ways than one! In fact, recent studies show that 91% of dental hygienists report suffering or have suffered from MSDs. In addition, 84% of dentists report pain while working. Dental workers face numerous points of stress, both mental and physical, that, if left unchecked, can cause significant physical damage and can reduce one's quality of life. Dental professionals are at high risk of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) due to the unique challenges and risk factors inherent in practicing dentistry. This course will cover basic ergonomic principles that the attendee can apply directly to operatory life. It will identify the most common MSDs reported in dentistry and the movements and postures that cause them. It will also cover the numerous modalities to reduce the risk of MSDs, both internal and external to the individual. There are many things outside our control in dentistry, but we can take plenty of actions to prevent MSDs and protect our lives and careers.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Comprehend the basic principles of ergonomics and how they apply to work in dentistry 
  • Recognize the physiological challenges we face when practicing dentistry
  • Identify the most common musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among dental professionals
  • Compare the various medical services and lifestyle changes used to reduce symptoms of MSDs

Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist, Office, Technician